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  • Tabletop Games
    Tabletop Games

    The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    - by Christopher Jarvis

    Imagine yourself as an alchemist in the Middle Ages, struggling to be the very best in a market town full of alchemists. The only way you can rise to the top is by selling the best potion over a series of days. How do you make the best potion? Throw random ingredients into a cauldron and either make the best brew or blow up in the process. Does that make any sense to you? No? Join the club. However, Quacks of Quedlinburg is one…

  • Interview

    Interview: Priya Sharma

    - by Allen Stroud

    Known amongst writers for being “the nicest person in horror”, Priya Sharma’s fiction has appeared in Interzone, Black Static, Nightmare, The Dark, and on She’s been anthologised in several of Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year series and Paula Guran’s Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror series, among others. She’s also been on Locus magazine’s Recommended Reading lists. She is a Grand Judge for the Aeon Award, an annual writing competition run by Albedo One, Ireland’s magazine of the fantastic. ‘Fabulous Beasts’…

  • Video Games
    Video Games

    Alien: Isolation

    - by Richard Watson

    The perfect organism finally got its perfect game. It is undoubtedly the best game based on the Alien franchise, and will likely rank among the greatest horror games of all time. It is true to the cinematic essence of the 1979 film in a way that no other game (or film, for that matter) has been — but it also breaks ground in game design. We revisit an unexpectedly special title, five years on. The legacy of games based on film franchises is not…

  • Interview

    Know Your Community: the Dungeons and Dragons Community Group

    - by Tom Grundy

    This month, we’re kicking off a new article series highlighting the various communities around the UK and the rest of the world dedicated to tabletop gaming. This issue we caught up with Dean Henry and Anthony Wright, two of the administrators of the Dungeons and Dragons Community Group, a Facebook community of nearly 12,000 members.    Hey Dean and Anthony, thanks for chatting to us! First off, how and when did the Dungeons and Dragons Community Group start? What did you set out to…

  • Books

    Interview: Elsewhen Press

    - by Allen Stroud

    Science fiction, fantasy, and horror have a thriving independent publishing community. One of its mainstays is Elsewhen Press, a small publishing company operating out of the south east of England since 2011. Elsewhen are a regular feature in the trade rooms of the convention circuit, selling their books at Fantasycon, Eastercon, and other gatherings of the writing communities in the United Kingdom. Peter Buck, head of Elsewhen Press, has been working with authors for nearly a decade and produces an array of beautiful new…

  • Books

    An extract from Dark River

    - by Rym Kechacha

    The door to their carriage slams behind them and Grainne leans into the aisle to see who is approaching. Shante hears footsteps, but before she can turn around a train guard is standing by their table, wearing the same navy blue uniform as the woman back in the station. Good morning, he says, smiling broadly. Shante smiles back at him. It makes her feel normal, as though she’s taking part in any old transaction that can be undone at any time. Can I see…